FILE- In this Wednesday, May 13, 2015 file photo, emergency personnel work at the scene of a Tuesday night derailment in Philadelphia of an Amtrak train headed to New York. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Feds: Amtrak engineer went ‘from distraction to disaster’

The engineer of an Amtrak train that derailed in Philadelphia last year, killing eight people, was focused on radio traffic about a commuter train that had been hit by a rock just prior to the crash, federal investigators said Tuesday.

FILE - This June 22, 2012 file photo a smoker snuffs out a cigarette at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif. A well-financed campaign whose backers include billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer, medical groups and organized labor has collected enough signatures for a ballot measure to raise California's cigarette tax by $2 per pack, officials said. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli,File)

Tax measure could cause financial jolt to California smokers

A campaign to raise California’s cigarette tax by $2 a pack said Monday it has collected enough signatures to qualify the proposal for the Nov. 8 ballot and raise the prospect of a pocketbook jolt for smokers in the nation’s most populous state.